It seems like there are dozens of mnemonic devices in the equestrian world. For example, as a kid, I had trouble learning my posting diagonal until someone told me to “rise and fall with the leg on the wall”. Suddenly, I had no problems remembering which was the correct way to post. In eventing, jumps are always flagged with red and white flags to indicate which direction they should be jumped- I was told early on to jump “red on right”, an alliterative that I’ve never forgotten.
The letters of a dressage arena are ripe for mnemonics- I’ve heard at least three different ones for letters in a small arena, including:
- All King Edward’s Horses Carry Many Bloody Fools
- All King Edward’s Horses Can Make Big Fences
- All King Edward’s Horses Can Make Bay Foals
Down the centerline in a standard sized arena, I remember the letters as “Gee, I Love Dressage” (from C toward A).
I’m curious- what, if any, mnemonic devices do you employ?